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Call for Abstracts

Deadline: January 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST

Abstract Submission Requirements

Abstract Submission 

Online Conference Dates: May 12th thru 20th, 2022

The Rural Sociology Cluster has two sessions this year at Congress. The first session, RUS1 : Protecting Indigenous traditions, culture and sovereignty by building intricate Indigenous social organizations. The second session is a collaborative joint session with the Rural and Environmental Sociology Clusters, ENV5: Rural communities and responses to the climate crisis. Details for each are as follows:

Protecting Indigenouos traditions, culture and sovereignty by building intricate Indigenous social organizations.

Session Code: RUS1

Organizers: Satenia Zimmermann, Lakehead University; Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University

This session highlights the different ways in which Indigenous communities are working together to build intricate social organizations enshrined in Indigenous traditions and culture in order to assert their rights as sovereign nations. Hundreds of small rural Indigenous communities are spread out throughout Canada and many of these communities are in remote areas cut-off from urban centres. For centuries, limited resources have forced Indigenous communities to prioritize a complicated and myriad set of socio-economic issues that require them to integrate colonial ideologies into their traditional values in order to ensure long-term community viability. Increasingly, Indigenous communities are combining their limited resources and establishing Indigenous social organizations built on a framework that recognizes the importance of Indigenous traditions, culture and sovereignty in decision making. Through these Indigenous organizations, communities are entering into business ventures, partnerships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups with common interests, and collaborative arrangements with governments, industry, and non-governmental agencies within their traditional territories with much success. Abstracts are welcomed that examine the ways in which Indigenous communities are working together to develop Indigenous-based social organizations in order to meet the demands of the 21st century while at the same time protecting their traditional values, culture, sovereignty, and community viability. Of particular interest are strategies that involve reconciliation, including modern land claim agreements, natural resources management, health care, education, investments, partnerships, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and social capital.

Rural Communities and Responses to the Climate Crisis 

Session Code: ENV5

Organizers: Ken Caine, University of Alberta; Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University

Over a decade ago, sociologist Riley Dunlap challenged rural and environmental sociologists to more effectively engage with the sociopolitical as well as biophysical aspects of climate change in developing mitigation and adaptation policies and strategies. Today, in this climate crisis sociologists are exploring the ways that rural communities and organizations develop approaches to socially-just and environmentally sustainable practices in times of socio-ecological uncertainty. We invite research papers that engage with the ways that rural communities and organizations creatively respond to the climate crisis, explore the distinct challenges and risks that rural communities face given that they are often natural resource dependent, and/or analyze the success or failure of projects or campaigns launched to develop local collective action to mitigate climate risk.

Member Updates

Member updates were completed in the Fall. If you would like any changes to your information please email Satenia at slzimmer@lakeheadu.ca

Rural Sociology Newsletter

We discussed sending out a Rural Sociology Newsletter at the cluster meeting. We have not received any submissions to date for the newsletter. If you have anything you would like to share with the cluster please forward the information to Satenia or Jennifer. We would like to get a Newsletter out before Congress.

Congress 2022

Congress 2022 will take place virtually from May 12 to 20, 2022.  You can now register for Congress here.

Contact Information:

Jennifer Jarman: jjarman@lakeheadu.ca

Satenia Zimmermann: slzimmer@lakeheadu.ca